How To Knit A Basic Mitten – Part 1


These mittens are easy to knit and do not take long at all. Perfect gift knitting!! Follow the instructions step by step, today just up to the part where the stitches for the thumb get put on hold.

What I used:

  • Cascade Eco + Wool plus some Kid Silk Haze (exact amount to follow in the pattern)
  • 5.5 mm (US size 9) double pointed needles
  • small stitch holder
  • tapestry needle
  • I got a gauge of 17 sts/4″ – you should get the same

Right mitten:

With both strands held together, cast on 32 sts.


Distribute evenly onto four needles, 8 sts each.


Close to round, making sure not to twist your stitches, and knit 2×2 rib (k2, p2) for 14 rounds.


Then switch to Stockinette Stitch and knit until it measures about 3.5″ – measuring from end of rib.


On next round, knit 6 sts, then place them on stitch holder. Knit to end of round.


That’s it for today!

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Happy Knitting, as ever!

– Mona

4 thoughts on “How To Knit A Basic Mitten – Part 1

    • Mona says:

      Hello Caryn,

      I have to say, when knitting with double pointed needles I have never twisted my stitches once.
      It still happens ever once in a while on circulars, though not with the dpns. Which means I have no
      trick to avoid it ready…


  1. Ashley Beare says:

    First off thanks for this step by step mitten patern, I’ve been wanting to attempt a mitten but have been a little intimidated.
    I did have a question about yarn/needle size. If I was to use worsted yarn would that still work? I really don’t know my yarns very well so I’m not sure if the ones you mentioned are bulky or not. Also how would this affect the needle size if at all?
    Thanks again,


    • Mona says:

      Hello Ashley,

      the yarn(s) I used make for a bulky yarn, meaning when I knit that with 5.5 mm needles I get a dense, warm fabric.
      If you want to use a worsted weight yarn, it still works, however, you really want to use a smaller needle (like a 4.5 or 5.0 mm) to keep the fabric
      on the denser side, which in return means that your mittens will be smaller. To make up for that you could cast on more stitches,
      then you are going to have to modify the thumb and the top decreases also.

      I hope that helps!

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